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DatePolicyLevelSubjectAgreementNotes
25 Apr 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that any guidance and publicity on raising awareness of the safety benefits of wearing seatbelts is co-designed with children and young people in order to ensure it is as effective as possible.RecommendationTransport, Environment and Rural Affairs-

Response to Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill – stage 1

26 Mar 2017 and also on: 22 March 2014Whilst employers can expect an appropriate standard of professionalism from an employee’s presentation, employers should not be allowed to discriminate against job applicants on the basis of the applicant’s appearance.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work70%

Members’ Motion by Eilidh Collins

Renewed via Quickfire Policy March 2017

26 Mar 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that preparing young people to practice safe sexual relationships is a crucial part of education, and that all schools, regardless of religious denomination, must provide high-quality, comprehensive, and inclusive sex education that takes into account issues of sexual orientation and gender identityStatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights; Health and Wellbeing81%

Members’ Motion by Euan Waddell MSYP

26 Mar 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that access to menstrual hygiene products is a basic human right, and that more effort should be made to ensure that those in disadvantaged financial situations have access to these products.StatementHealth and Wellbeing99%

Members’ Motion by Suki Wan MSYP

26 Mar 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the UK Government has an obligation to improve its contribution to resettling the world’s displaced people, and calls for the UK Government’s Gateway Protection programme to be reasonably expanded to allow for a greater number of refugees to apply for asylum within the United Kingdom.StatementUK, Europe and External Relations; Social Security89%

Members’ Motion by Katie Burke MSYP

26 Mar 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament welcomes the efforts of the Scottish Government to ensure the meaningful participation of young people; and believes that these efforts could be further strengthened by positioning the Scottish Youth Parliament as a key advisory body to the Scottish Cabinet on all issues affecting young people.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; Social Security89%

Members’ Motion by Aqeel Ahmed

26 Mar 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that legislation should be introduced to prevent the unnecessary disposal of unsold food by manufacturers, supermarkets, and other businesses, and ensure the food is instead donated to charity, or converted to animal feed, fertiliser or energy where appropriate.StatementTransport, Environment and Rural Affairs85%

Members’ Motion by Eilidh MacKay MSYP

26 Mar 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the rights of young people in the workplace should be a priority in Brexit negotiations by both the Scottish and UK Governments, and that these rights should be respected and upheld as a key part of any exit from the EU.StatementUK, Europe and External Relations; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work; Social Security92%

Committee Motion by the Jobs and Economy Committee

26 Mar 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the Scottish and UK Parliaments have an obligation under Article 12 of the UNCRC to fully and meaningfully engage with young people in discussions over Scotland’s and the rest of the UK’s future relationship with the European Union.StatementUK, Europe and External Relations97%

Committee Motion by the External Affairs Committee

26 Mar 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament welcomes the introduction of a Child Poverty Bill in Scotland; encourages the continued meaningful involvement of children and young people in plans to eradicate child poverty in Scotland; and believes it is essential that legislation is robust and measurable.StatementSocial Security90%

Committee Motion by the Social Justice Committee

26 Mar 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament supports the Paris Agreement, and urges the Scottish and UK Governments to continue to work with other nations to ensure that tackling climate change remains a global priority.StatementTransport, Environment and Rural Affairs74%

Committee Motion by the Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee

26 Mar 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the UK Government’s anti-radicalisation strategy, “Prevent”, is counter-productive and discriminates against the Muslim community; and calls on the UK Government to hold a thorough review of the strategy to ensure it meets international human rights standards, in particular the principle of non-discrimination.StatementEqualities and Human Rights61%

Committee Motion by the Equalities Committee

26 Mar 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament endorses Reach, a website which provides advice and support for young people having a hard time at school; and encourages education authorities to raise awareness of the website as a resource for young people.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning84%

Committee Motion by the Education and Lifelong Learning Committee

26 Mar 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament recognises the efforts of Police Scotland to increase its diversity, but believes that more concerted action needs to be taken to ensure the police force is truly representative of the communities it serves.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; Justice78%

Committee Motion by the Justice Committee

23 Mar 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament supports the re-introduction of statutory child poverty targets for Scotland.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Social Security-

Response to Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill – stage 1

23 Mar 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament welcomes the introduction of income-based targets as outlined in the Bill, and believes that for the most part, they are appropriate.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Social Security-

Response to Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill – stage 1

23 Mar 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the 2030 targets should not be seen as an end result in themselves. It should be made explicit in the Bill that new targets will be set following the proposed targets being met.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Social Security-

Response to Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill – stage 1

23 Mar 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the Scottish Government should consider including statutory interim targets in the delivery plans for the periods outlined in section 7 of the Bill.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Social Security-

Response to Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill – stage 1

23 Mar 2017The Scottish Government should ensure that progress reports are young person-friendly and promoted to children and young people, so that children and young people are involved in holding the Government to account.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Social Security-

Response to Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill – stage 1

23 Mar 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament agrees with the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland that there is a need for an independent body to provide expert scrutiny and oversight of the Bill, including a duty to publish an annual report setting out its views on the progress made towards the income targets. The national poverty and inequality commission should fulfill this function. We endorse CPAG in Scotland’s assertion that there should be legislative underpinning to ensure that this body is able to be critical of the government when needed.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Social Security-

Response to Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill – stage 1

23 Mar 2017The inequality and poverty commission could play a valuable role in providing independent oversight of children and young people’s participation; this function, along with the status and role of the commission, should be outlined in the Bill. In addition to considering the progress made towards meeting the income targets, the commission should consider how effectively the Scottish Government meaningfully involves children and young people with lived experience of poverty in its efforts to tackle child povertyRecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Social Security-

Response to Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill – stage 1

16 Jan 2017 and also on: 22/03/2014Scottish Councils should have a legal responsibility to facilitate and fund a youth-led representative body for all 12-25 year olds (inclusive) in the local authority, as a minimum standard.StatementEqualities and Human Rights103 votes (81%/14%)

Members Motion by Michael Hutchinson.

Extended by Conveners Group 14th Jan 2017.

16 Jan 2017 and also on: 16/01/16The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that young people should be closely consulted in order to effectively tackle gender-based violence in Scotland.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Justice-

Scottish Labour consultation on Achieving Women’s Equality response.

Extended by Conveners Group 14th Jan 2017.

16 Jan 2017 and also on: 15/12/15Pupils should have access to high-quality library resources and support all year round rather than just term-time to comply with the right to equality of opportunity as outlined by article 28 of the UNCRC.RecommendationCulture and Media; Education and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights; Sport and Leisure-

Response to Public Petition PE01581: Save Scotland’s School Libraries.

Extended by Conveners Group 14th Jan 2017.

16 Jan 2017 and also on: 15/12/15The Scottish Youth Parliament believes all pupils in Scotland should have access to high quality school library services.RecommendationCulture and Media; Education and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights; Sport and Leisure; Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs-

Response to Public Petition PE01581: Save Scotland’s School Libraries.

Extended by Conveners Group 14th Jan 2017.

16 Jan 2017 and also on: 15/12/15There is a need for research into how cuts in library services have had an impact on literacy and learning.RecommendationCulture and Media; Education and Lifelong Learning-

Response to Public Petition PE01581: Save Scotland’s School Libraries.

Extended by Conveners Group 14th Jan 2017.

16 Jan 2017 and also on: 15/12/15SYP agrees with the provision of high-quality school libraries, with professionally trained librarians to provide support and guidance to students, is an absolutely necessary resource to enable young people to achieve their fullest potential both in and outside of education.RecommendationCulture and Media; Education and Lifelong Learning; Sport and Leisure-

Response to Public Petition PE01581: Save Scotland’s School Libraries.

Extended by Conveners Group 14th Jan 2017.

26 Oct 2016 and also on: 26 October 2013The Bedroom tax should be repealed.StatementSocial Security88%/4%

Members’ Motion by David Linden.

Extended by Convenors Group 6 August 2016.

24 Oct 2016 and also on: 25 October 2015, and on 28 October 2012Effective pupil councils – led by the pupils – should be made compulsory in all secondary schools from first to sixth year.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Social Security33 votes (73%, 72%)

(Oct 2015 – 52%)

Extended by Convenors Group on 6 August 2016.

16 Oct 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament recognises the contribution of 130,000 EU nationals to the UK health & social care sectors; and believes that EU nationals already living, working, and studying in the UK should be allowed to stay in the UK.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; UK, Europe and External Relations; Health and Wellbeing94%

Members’ Motion by Alex Robertson MSYP

16 Oct 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the Scottish and UK Governments should consider introducing the regulated sale of cannabis, alongside developing guidance on its safe use.StatementHealth and Wellbeing66%

Members’ Motion by Kai Green MSYP and Amy Lee Friaoli MSYP

16 Oct 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament supports the Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC) Youth Committee’s “Better than Zero” campaign, which combats exploitative working conditions for young people.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work; Social Security86%

Members’ Motion by Keiran O’Neill MSYP

16 Oct 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that local and national government funding for rape crisis centres and charities should be protected.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; Social Security95%

Member’s Motion by Alana McKenna MSYP

16 Oct 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament warmly welcomes NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s efforts to give young patients more involvement in their stay in hospital through the “What Matters to Me” initiative, and believes that all health boards in Scotland should adopt this initiative to ensure a more personalised care experience for young patients across Scotland.StatementHealth and Wellbeing97%

Members’ Motion by Alex Robertson MSYP

 

16 Oct 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that in the interest of democracy and making every vote count, the UK and Scottish Governments should replace the First Past the Post System (FPTP) with the Single-Transferrable Vote (STV) as the way of electing constituency members to their respective parliaments.StatementJustice68%

Members’ Motion by Keiran O’Neill MSYP

16 Oct 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that, given the UK’s membership of the Council of Europe, the UK should remain party to the European Convention on Human Rights.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; UK, Europe and External Relations; Social Security90%

Member’s Motion by Keiran O’Neill MSYP

16 Oct 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament welcomes the 2006 pardoning of World War One soldiers executed for ‘desertion or cowardice’; however, calls for further action to be taken and the sentences of these men to be removed.StatementCulture and Media; Justice84%

Members’ Motion by Jack Norquoy on behalf of Ellie Pearce MSYP

16 Oct 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that financial support for Further and Higher Education students who receive the maximum amount of support should not be suspended outside of term time.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning90%

Members’ Motion by Erin McAuley MSYP and Keiran O’Neill MSYP

16 Oct 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament supports the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) programme, a peer-led initiative that tackles gender-based violence, and believes schools and organisations should consider introducing it into their education programme.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights; Social Security94%

Member’s Motion by Jack Norquoy on behalf of Lucie Duffy MSYP

16 Oct 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that current measures in the NHS to support the transition of young people into adult services do not go far enough in supporting appropriate development, and calls for the creation of adolescent and young people’s wards in hospitals, and youth-specific services in the community.StatementHealth and Wellbeing93%

Members’ Motion by Dylan Currie MSYP

16 Oct 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes national agencies should establish a dedicated programme to help young people into the creative and journalistic sectorStatementCulture and Media; Education and Lifelong Learning97%

Members’ Motion by Thomas-Alexander McEachan MSYP & Suki Wan MSYP

16 Oct 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament calls on the Scottish and UK Governments to formally recognise the mass killing of Armenian people orchestrated by the Ottoman Government between 1915 and 1916 as genocide.StatementUK, Europe and External Relations; Justice; Social Security52%

Members’ Motion by Kai Green MSYP on behalf of James Goodwin MSYP

16 Oct 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that all future Referenda held by the UK Government should be subject to a ‘four nation veto’, meaning that no individual Nation of United Kingdom can be forced to accept a result that they rejected at the polls.StatementJustice70%

Members’ Motion by Keiran O’Neill MSYP

16 Oct 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that all alcoholic drinks should be subject to the same mandatory nutritional and calorific labelling as non-alcoholic drinks.StatementHealth and Wellbeing78%

Members’ Motion by Heather Cameron MSYP

16 Oct 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that current incentives to increase the uptake of general practice as a specialty in medicine are insufficient, and calls on the Scottish Government to take action to tackle Scotland’s deficit of GPs.StatementHealth and Wellbeing98%

Members’ Motion by Dylan Currie MSYP

16 Oct 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that more action should be taken to address the issue of under-representation of ethnic minorities in the mainstream media.StatementCulture and Media; Equalities and Human Rights85%

Members’ Motion by Suki Wan MSYP

 

16 Oct 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament recognises the importance of young people’s befriending services, and believes that more Government funding should be allocated to support Scotland’s young people through befriending services.StatementHealth and Wellbeing97%

Members’ Motions by Mahnoor Shah MSYP

6 Aug 2016 and also on: 7 December 2013 and 25 September 2012Substantial additional efforts need to be made to ensure that all of Scotland’s young people have a good understanding of their rights as set out in the UNCRC.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human RightsN/A

Surveymonkey and Dialogue Groups – Children and Young People Bill response.

Extended by Convenors Group on 6 August 2017.

6 Aug 2016 and also on: 7 December 2013 and 25 September 2012Clear guidelines should be set out governing the circumstances in which information about a young person can be shared between agencies without their permission, to ensure that young people’s right to privacy and confidentiality is respected unless they are at substantial and immediate risk of harm.RecommendationSocial SecurityN/A

Surveymonkey and Dialogue Groups – Children and Young People Bill response.

Extended by Convenors Group on 6 August 2017.

1 Jul 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament supports ASH Scotland’s ‘Charter for a Tobacco-Free Generation’ which aims to achieve an adult smoking rate of 5% or less in Scotland by 2034.StatementHealth and Wellbeing80%

Committee Motion by the Health and Wellbeing Subject Committee

1 Jul 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that youth parliaments led by and for young people are essential to ensuring young people’s participation, and that the UK, Scottish and other devolved governments should guarantee their continued existence and funding.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; Social Security95%

Members’ Motion by Marc Winsland MSYP

1 Jul 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes Young Scot National Entitlement Cards are a valuable form of identification for Scotland's young people and that all companies selling age restricted products and services in Scotland should accept this is a valid proof of age.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; Health and Wellbeing; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work; Justice78%

Members’ Motion by Emmie Main MSYP

1 Jul 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that Education Scotland should implement a more equal balance between continuous assessment and exams, within the context of the Curriculum for Excellence.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning77%

Members’ Motion by Marc Winsland MSYP

1 Jul 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that in order to tackle domestic abuse in Scotland, schools should provide gender and LGBT-inclusive Relationship, Sexual Health and Parenthood Education (RSHPE) that covers the principles of equality, the signs of abuse, how to report abuse and where to seek help.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights; Health and Wellbeing; Justice80%

Members’ Motion by Kirsty McCahill MSYP

1 Jul 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that in order to ensure a truly inclusive school environment that promotes equality for all gender identities, uniform policies should not reinforce gender stereotypes.StatementCulture and Media; Education and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights95%

Members’ Motion by Mhairi Fraser MSYP

1 Jul 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that discounts on rail travel through 16-25 railcards and Young Scot cards should also fully apply at peak travel times.StatementTransport, Environment and Rural Affairs97%

Members’ Motion by  Erin McAuley MSYP

1 Jul 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the Scottish and UK Governments should review the benefits of decriminalising the possession of drugs in Scotland as an effective means of tackling drug addiction and drug-related crime; and further believes that the legal status of a drug should not be a barrier to research into its potential medicinal or therapeutic properties.StatementHealth and Wellbeing; Justice67%

Members’ Motion by Thomas McEachan MSYP

1 Jul 2016Education Scotland and further and higher education bodies should ensure that all schools, colleges, and universities provide high quality information about mental health, and direct young people to safe online resources such as Aye Mind. Pupils and students should be consulted about the type of information they would like to receive, and be involved in the design of information when appropriate.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Health and WellbeingN/A
 Renewed by Conveners Group July 1 2017.
1 Jul 2016NHS Scotland should ensure that all GP surgeries and hospitals provide age-appropriate information about local mental health support and services, with particular emphasis on young person-specific support and services.RecommendationHealth and WellbeingN/A

Scottish Youth Parliament Research Report, Our generation’s epidemic: An analysis of young people’s awareness and experience of mental health information, support and services

Renewed by Conveners Group July 1 2017.

1 Jul 2016Every school, college, university, and youth group should implement a Mental Health Action Plan to promote mental health conversations and support. The Action Plan should include provisions such as an annual Mental Health Awareness Week, training for young people and staff in Mental Health First Aid, utilising See Me’s What’s on Your Mind resources, providing practical steps to manage stress and anxiety, and promoting local information, support and services.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Health and WellbeingN/A

Scottish Youth Parliament Research Report, Our generation’s epidemic: An analysis of young people’s awareness and experience of mental health information, support and services

Renewed by Conveners Group July 1 2017.

1 Jul 2016Education Scotland should develop a Mental Health Standard for schools to increase the focus on mental health in the Curriculum for Excellence.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Health and WellbeingN/A

Scottish Youth Parliament Research Report, Our generation’s epidemic: An analysis of young people’s awareness and experience of mental health information, support and services

Renewed by Conveners Group July 1 2017.

1 Jul 2016Education Scotland, in conjunction with the Scottish Government, should review the provision of counsellors in schools and seek to establish a minimum level of service provision.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Health and WellbeingN/A

Scottish Youth Parliament Research Report, Our generation’s epidemic: An analysis of young people’s awareness and experience of mental health information, support and services

Renewed by Conveners Group July 1 2017.

1 Jul 2016NHS Education for Scotland should work with young people to update its training and CPD opportunities for frontline medical professionals in supporting young people’s mental health. All GPs and other community-based mental health professionals should receive these opportunities.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Health and WellbeingN/A

Scottish Youth Parliament Research Report, Our generation’s epidemic: An analysis of young people’s awareness and experience of mental health information, support and services

Renewed by Conveners Group July 1 2017.

1 Jul 2016The Scottish Government’s proposed 10-year mental health strategy should include an increased focus on supporting the mental health of 16 to 26 year-olds, in recognition of this age group’s specific mental health needs separate from children and older adults. The strategy should also facilitate a review of CAMHS, as called for by SAMH.RecommendationHealth and WellbeingN/A

Scottish Youth Parliament Research Report, Our generation’s epidemic: An analysis of young people’s awareness and experience of mental health information, support and services

Renewed by Conveners Group July 1 2017.

1 Jul 2016The Scottish Government should ensure that mental health funding is ring-fenced for young person-specific mental health services, and that this funding is shared proportionately between acute, high-intensity services, and preventative and early intervention support such as drop-in centres, peer support, and services provided by the third sector.RecommendationHealth and WellbeingN/A

Scottish Youth Parliament Research Report, Our generation’s epidemic: An analysis of young people’s awareness and experience of mental health information, support and services

Renewed by Conveners Group July 1 2017.

1 Jul 2016Scotland’s initiative for involving young people in developing youth-friendly health services, Walk the Talk, should seek to develop a young person-led mental health and wellbeing forum in every local authority.RecommendationHealth and WellbeingN/A

Scottish Youth Parliament Research Report, Our generation’s epidemic: An analysis of young people’s awareness and experience of mental health information, support and services

Renewed by Conveners Group July 1 2017.

1 Jul 2016NHS Education for Scotland, in partnership with organisations such as the Mental Welfare Commission, should work with young people to develop a booklet and/or online resource about young people’s rights when accessing mental health support. On first accessing mental health support, all young people should be presented with this resource in an accessible form.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Health and Wellbeing; Social SecurityN/A

Scottish Youth Parliament Research Report, Our generation’s epidemic: An analysis of young people’s awareness and experience of mental health information, support and services

Renewed by Conveners Group July 1 2017.

1 Jul 2016All GP surgeries and mental health services should clearly display age-appropriate information about young people’s rights when accessing mental health support, particularly regarding confidentiality rights and their right to an independent advocate.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights; Health and Wellbeing; Social SecurityN/A

Scottish Youth Parliament Research Report, Our generation’s epidemic: An analysis of young people’s awareness and experience of mental health information, support and services

Renewed by Conveners Group July 1 2017.

13 Mar 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the SQA policy to charge a fee for exam re-marking and full reviews should be reviewed to ensure that young people from all socioeconomic backgrounds have equal access to the appeals process.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Social Security93%

Committee Motion by the Education and Lifelong Learning Subject Committee

13 Mar 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that national and local government should ensure that young people who have additional support needs receive high-quality support so that they can reach their full potential.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights; Health and Wellbeing98%

Committee Motion by the Education and Lifelong Learning Subject Committee

13 Mar 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the current Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme does not constitute a sufficient reaction to the refugee crisis in Syria; that more should be done to address the refugee crisis at a Scottish, UK and European level; and that more efforts should be made to ensure that the rights of refugees and asylum seekers from all countries, not just Syria, are upheld and protected.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; UK, Europe and External Relations; Justice93%

Committee Motion by the External Affairs Subject Committee

13 Mar 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that all young people should be informed about their rights if they are subject to police stop and searches.StatementJustice97%

Committee Motion by the Justice Subject Commitee

13 Mar 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes all communities in Scotland – whether urban or rural – should be entitled to a high standard of accessible, affordable and reliable public transport and should, where possible, be publicly owned.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; Social Security; Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs90%

Committee Motion by the Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee

13 Mar 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the current process of applying for asylum in the UK does not sufficiently uphold the rights of asylum applicants; more effort should be made to ensure that the asylum seeking process upholds and protects human rights in line with international obligations.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; UK, Europe and External Relations; Justice92%

Committee Motion by the Justice Subject Committee

13 Mar 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that jobs should not be seen as gender-specific; there should be an end to gender-based marketing in the job sector.StatementCulture and Media; Equalities and Human Rights; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work-

Committee Motion by the Equalities Subject Committee

13 Mar 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that access to free art therapy should be universally available through the NHS.StatementCulture and Media; Health and Wellbeing80%

Committee Motion by the Culture and Media Committee

13 Mar 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that, irrespective of decisions regarding the extension of the voting franchise to 16 and 17 year olds, the EU referendum should be used as an opportunity to engage, inform and inspire all young people.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; UK, Europe and External Relations; Social Security98%

Members’ Motion by Fiona Ross MSYP

13 Mar 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the Scottish Government should take action to ensure that all young people have a safe and truly affordable home, and should work with charities and non-profit organisations to establish a dedicated service, designed by homeless young people, which works on eradicating youth homelessness.StatementSocial Security99%

Members’ Motion by Ruraidh Stewart MSYP and Tony Anderson MSYP

13 Mar 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament opposes any form of discrimination against people as a result of their disability, and supports initiatives that tackle disability hate crime.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights; Health and Wellbeing; Justice94%

Members’ Motion by Calum Macleod MSYP

13 Mar 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that more effort and resources should be put into preventing male suicide.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Health and Wellbeing95%

Members’ Motion by Kai Green MSYP

13 Mar 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that Higher and Further education institutions should formally recognise the awards and accreditations that young people can achieve through voluntary organisations.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Sport and Leisure93%

Members’ Motion by Sorcha Kennedy MSYP and Molly Kirby MSYP

13 Mar 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that young people with disabilities and/or additional support needs should be consulted in the design and planning of public transport services to ensure that these services cater to their needs.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs99%

Members’ Motion by Aqeel Ahmed MSYP

13 Mar 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that young people’s access to local rail services is very important and encourages the Scottish Government to hold a review into further expansion of Scotland’s rail network.StatementTransport, Environment and Rural Affairs73%

Members’ Motion by Euan Greenwood MSYP

12 Mar 2016There should be plenty of youth-friendly services and activities for young people in their local communities.ManifestoCulture and Media; Education and Lifelong Learning; Health and Wellbeing; Sport and Leisure; Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs89%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016Rural life should be improved for the young people of Scotland through better internet access, more affordable housing, more frequent and affordable transport, rural job creation and promotion, and more education opportunities in rural communities.ManifestoEducation and Lifelong Learning; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work; Social Security; Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs84%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016Authorities should tackle crime by working with young people to address the root causes of crime.ManifestoJustice; Social Security73%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016The educational attainment gap needs to be narrowed. To support this, the impact of poverty on pupils and students should be minimised, financial barriers to participation should be removed, and the cost of the school day should be addressed.ManifestoEducation and Lifelong Learning; Social Security69%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016All pupils should have access to up-to-date and effective PSHE (Personal, Social, and Health Education) from a primary age, which addresses lifestyle, health, relationships, equality, social justice, and citizenship.ManifestoEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights; Health and Wellbeing; Social Security79%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016There should be vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free options in the cafeterias of educational institutions.ManifestoEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights; Health and Wellbeing79%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016There should be mandatory foreign language education from a primary level through a secondary level.ManifestoCulture and Media; Education and Lifelong Learning; UK, Europe and External Relations55%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016Tuition for further and higher education should be kept free in Scotland.ManifestoEducation and Lifelong Learning; Social Security86%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016Students should be supported to ensure that financial considerations should not limit their ability to pursue or participate in further or higher education.ManifestoEducation and Lifelong Learning; Social Security81%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016Further and higher education institutions should be protected from budget cuts.ManifestoEducation and Lifelong Learning; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work76%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016Funding for young groups and projects should be a priority for local authorities.ManifestoCulture and Media; Education and Lifelong Learning; Health and Wellbeing; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work; Social Security; Sport and Leisure64%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016Action should be taken to drastically tackle climate change, protect the environment, and promote green initiatives, such as investing in clean and renewable energy, reducing emissions, encouraging recycling, reducing waste, and investing in public and active transport.ManifestoHealth and Wellbeing; Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs80%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016National parks, national heritage sites, and green spaces should be protected.ManifestoHealth and Wellbeing; Sport and Leisure; Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs85%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016There should be support for sustainable, local, and healthy food production.ManifestoHealth and Wellbeing; Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs82%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016There should be quality mental health services for young people, and support for mental health literacy and awareness, including investment in resources, better policies to educate practitioners, and movement to tackle negative stigmas and barriers.ManifestoCulture and Media; Education and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights; Health and Wellbeing; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work84%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016Health inequalities in Scotland should be tackled so everyone has the same opportunity to live a healthy life.ManifestoHealth and Wellbeing; Social Security87%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016High quality youth work should be available to all Scotland’s young people.ManifestoHealth and Wellbeing; Social Security82%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that educating primary school pupils on all major religions is essential to tackling religious discrimination and promoting a tolerant society.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights; UK, Europe and External Relations62%

Members’ Motion by Calum Macleod MSYP

12 Mar 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the UK Government should implement Turing’s Law, which would offer pardons to men convicted under UK legislation that discriminated against gay men.StatementEqualities and Human Rights92%

Members’ Motion by James Thomson MSYP

12 Mar 2016There should be an opt-out rather than an opt-in system for organ donation.ManifestoHealth and Wellbeing52%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016New Psychoactive Substances should be either banned or placed under strict regulations, and young people should be educated about the dangers of using them.ManifestoHealth and Wellbeing; Justice65%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016Publicly-funded sports centres and cultural and arts facilities should have reduced entry fees or discounts for young people to ensure they are affordable.ManifestoCulture and Media; Sport and Leisure83%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016All sporting facilities should include shower curtains or cubicles in all changing rooms to respect the privacy of users.ManifestoHealth and Wellbeing; Sport and Leisure84%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016All cyclists on Scotland’s roads should be required by law to wear and carry appropriate safety equipment.ManifestoJustice; Sport and Leisure; Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs69%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016There should be reduced or concessionary travel for young people on all public transportation.ManifestoTransport, Environment and Rural Affairs77%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016Car insurance for young drivers should be less expensive, and there should be no restrictions on nighttime driving.ManifestoTransport, Environment and Rural Affairs70%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016The voting age should be lowered to 16 for all elections and referendums in Scotland, the UK, and Europe.ManifestoEqualities and Human Rights; UK, Europe and External Relations70%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016There should be a constitutional convention in the UK so that all people can have a say in the political future of the country.ManifestoEqualities and Human Rights; Social Security68%

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12 Mar 2016The government and political parties should actively encourage young people, women, and minority groups to participate in politics and stand as candidates.ManifestoEqualities and Human Rights71%

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12 Mar 2016Cultural diversity and respect for different cultures should be promoted and actively encouraged.ManifestoEqualities and Human Rights; UK, Europe and External Relations75%

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12 Mar 2016There should be support and funding for the arts, museums, heritage sites, cultural events, and the promotion and protection of the Gaelic language and all Scottish dialects.ManifestoCulture and Media; Education and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights; Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs65%

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12 Mar 2016There should be an end to false advertising and the use of gender stereotypes to advertise goods and services.ManifestoCulture and Media; Equalities and Human Rights74%

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12 Mar 2016The national minimum wage should be raised to the Living Wage for everyone, regardless of age.ManifestoJobs, Economy and Fair Work; Social Security79%

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12 Mar 2016There should be an end to the gender pay gap and gender discrimination in the workplace.ManifestoEqualities and Human Rights; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work83%

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12 Mar 2016There should be an end to zero-hour contracts.ManifestoJobs, Economy and Fair Work58%

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12 Mar 2016Youth unemployment should be tackled through job creation and access to training programmes, modern apprenticeships, vocational training, work placements, quality work experience, and paid internships.ManifestoEducation and Lifelong Learning; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work78%

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12 Mar 2016Scotland should remain a member of the European Union.ManifestoUK, Europe and External Relations66%

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12 Mar 2016Nuclear disarmament should be encouraged across the world. As part of this, the Trident missile programme should be scrapped in the UK.ManifestoUK, Europe and External Relations50%

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12 Mar 2016Sustainable and ethical international development should be supported.ManifestoUK, Europe and External Relations63%

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12 Mar 2016Action should be taken to tackle gender-based violence, violence against women and girls, sexism, and gender-based discrimination.ManifestoEqualities and Human Rights; Justice90%

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12 Mar 2016Action should be taken to protect the rights of LGBT+ and MOGAI individuals.ManifestoEqualities and Human Rights74%

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12 Mar 2016Action should be taken to tackle all forms of racial discrimination.ManifestoEqualities and Human Rights; UK, Europe and External Relations90%

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12 Mar 2016Action should be taken to tackle all forms of religious discrimination.ManifestoEqualities and Human Rights83%

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12 Mar 2016There should be a review of the 12 month ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood.ManifestoEqualities and Human Rights; Health and Wellbeing54%

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12 Mar 2016There should be more after-care support and protection for survivors of sexual violence and abuse, female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriage, human trafficking, and domestic abuse.ManifestoEqualities and Human Rights; UK, Europe and External Relations; Health and Wellbeing; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work; Justice85%

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12 Mar 2016There should be compulsory education and training to help young offenders reintegrate into society.ManifestoEducation and Lifelong Learning; Justice71%

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12 Mar 2016The ban on the death penalty should be kept in place.ManifestoJustice54%

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12 Mar 2016The ban on fox hunting should be kept place.ManifestoSport and Leisure; Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs70%

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12 Mar 2016All physical assault against children should be illegal.ManifestoHealth and Wellbeing; Justice82%

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12 Mar 2016Human rights and civil liberties should be strongly protected by law.ManifestoEqualities and Human Rights; Justice; Social Security82%

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12 Mar 2016The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) should be fully incorporated into Scots Law, and the rights of children and young people should be protected and promoted.ManifestoCulture and Media; Education and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights; UK, Europe and External Relations; Health and Wellbeing; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work; Justice; Social Security; Sport and Leisure; Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs76%

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12 Mar 2016The freedom of speech should be protected.ManifestoCulture and Media; Justice; Social Security82%

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12 Mar 2016The right to protest in a peaceful manner should be protected.ManifestoJustice; Social Security81%

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12 Mar 2016Poverty and income inequality should be tackled, and action should be taken to support those living in poverty.ManifestoEqualities and Human Rights; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work; Social Security81%

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12 Mar 2016Any reforms to the welfare system should be proportionate and fair. People should be treated with compassion and respect.ManifestoSocial Security77%

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12 Mar 2016There should be adequate financial support for young carers and young adult carers, and awareness should be raised about services which support them.ManifestoEqualities and Human Rights; Health and Wellbeing; Social Security79%

Lead the Way commitment

25 Oct 2015The Scottish Youth Parliament supports the 50:50 by 2020 pledge.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work51%

Members’ Motion by Kirsty McCahill MSYP

25 Oct 2015The Scottish Youth Parliament believes the BBC should remain in public ownership. StatementCulture and Media91%

Members’ Motion by Ewan McCall MSYP

25 Oct 2015The Scottish Youth Parliament supports the worldwide Action/2015 campaign.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; UK, Europe and External Relations; Social Security83%

Members’ Motion by Heather Cameron MSYP

25 Oct 2015The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the use of neonicotinoids should be banned, given their harmful impact on bees.StatementTransport, Environment and Rural Affairs60%

Members’ Motion by Lewis Douglas MSYP

25 Oct 2015The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that music tuition should be free to all secondary school pupils in Scotland. Local Government should strive to implement this by 2021. StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Culture and Media74%

Members’ Motion by Euan Waddell MSYP

24 Oct 2015The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that there should be one mandatory living wage for everyone, no matter what age they are. StatementJobs, Economy and Fair Work; Social Security; Equalities and Human Rights68%

Members’ Motion by Andrew Kirk MSYP and Skye Brettell MSYP

24 Oct 2015The Scottish Youth Parliament opposes the cuts to public spending implemented by the current UK Government.StatementSocial Security; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work77%

Members’ Motion by Terri Smith MSYP

24 Oct 2015The Scottish Youth Parliament believes schools should impartially assist pupils in registering to vote.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning85%

Members’ Motion by Kain McLeod MSYP

24 Oct 2015The Scottish Youth Parliament believes young people should be involved in the design of PSHE course content, which must be kept up-to-date and relevant to our rapidly changing world.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Health and Wellbeing93%

Members’ Motion by Ruraidh Stewart MSYP, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch

20 Mar 2015The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that there should be education about autism in all schools in order to raise awareness about the condition. StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights; Health and Wellbeing98%

Members’ Motion by Thomas Mair MSYP

20 Mar 2015The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that mandatory foreign languages education should be introduced at primary school and continue through secondary school.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning76%

Members’ Motion by Kirsty McCahill MSYP

20 Mar 2015The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the freedom of movement is a fundamental pillar of the European Union.StatementJobs, Economy and Fair Work; UK, Europe and External Relations; Equalities and Human Rights79%

Members’ Motion by Scott Simpson MSYP

20 Mar 2015The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the minimum age to stand in all elections should be lowered to 16.StatementEqualities and Human Rights55%

Members’ Motion by Nicola Bruley MSYP

20 Mar 2015The Scottish supports the United Nation’s “HeForShe” campaign.StatementEqualities and Human Rights93%

Members’ Motion by Rhianne Carroll MSYP

20 Mar 2015The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that a Scottish anti-human trafficking implementation strategy, that offers more support for survivors, should developed in the absence of, or alongside, any legislation.StatementJustice; UK, Europe and External Relations; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work; Equalities and Human Rights88%

Members’ Motion by Terri Smith MSYP

20 Mar 2015The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the recognition of Sexual and Reproductive Rights, as human rights, is integral to the protection of an individual’s inalienable and indivisible rights under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Population Fund. StatementJustice; Equalities and Human Rights60%

Committee Motion by the Justice Subject Committee

20 Mar 2015The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the right to protest in a peaceful manner should be protected.StatementUK, Europe and External Relations; Justice; Social Security90%

Committee Motion by the External Affairs Subject Committee

20 Mar 2015The Scottish Youth Parliament believes all Local Authorities in Scotland should support a youth-led sports body in order to increase and improve the availability of minority sports in Scotland.StatementHealth and Wellbeing; Social Security; Sport and Leisure63%

Committee Motion by the Sports and Leisure Subject Committee

20 Mar 2015The Scottish Youth Parliament believes more effort and resources should be dedicated to ensuring an equal gender balance in the promotion and allocation of modern apprenticeship places.StatementJobs, Economy and Fair Work; Equalities and Human Rights56%

Committee Motion by the Jobs and Economy and Equalities Subject Committees

4 Oct 2014The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the Scottish Government should introduce comprehensive first aid training as a compulsory part of the education curriculum.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Health and Wellbeing84%

Members Motion from Ehsan Salim MSYP.

Renewed by the Conveners’ Group on 4th October 2017.

5 Jul 2014The Scottish Youth Parliament believes Personal Social Health Education (PSHE) should have a minimum national standard to ensure that all young people are equipped with real life skills preparing them to become successful citizens. The Curriculum for Excellence should include mandatory guidelines on subjects and areas related to PSHE.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Health and Wellbeing-

Members Motion by Struan King MSYP, Robbie Nicol MSYP and Eilidh Collins MSYP

Renewed by Conveners Group 5 July 2017

31 Oct 2010Government should ensure that all efforts are made to help teenage mothers stay in education.ManifestoEducation and Lifelong Learning78.70%

Change the Picture commitment, extended by Convenors Group on 23 April 2016

31 Oct 2010There should be increased LGBT education and information in all schools to reduce stigma and homophobic bullying.ManifestoEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights; Health and Wellbeing70.55%

Change the Picture commitment, extended by the Convenors Group on 23 April 2016

Extended by Convenors Group 23 April 2017

31 Oct 2010Asylum seekers should be given the right to work whilst they are still living in the UK, allowing them to contribute to society.ManifestoEqualities and Human Rights; UK, Europe and External Relations; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work60.45%

Change the Picture commitment, extended by Conveners Group 23 April 2016

Renewed by Conveners Group 23 April 2017

31 Oct 2010No child or young person should be made to report regularly at reporting centres or police stations due to their immigration status.ManifestoEqualities and Human Rights; UK, Europe and External Relations61.71%

Change the Picture commitment, extended by Conveners Group 23 April 2016

Renewed by Conveners Group 23 April 2017

31 Oct 2010Scotland’s local tax system should be changed so that it is based on household income rather than the value of your home or the area you live in.ManifestoSocial Security76.32%

Change the Picture commitment, extended by the Convenors Group on 23 April 2016

31 Oct 2010Each local authority education committee should include pupil representatives as expert advisers.ManifestoEducation and Lifelong Learning; Social Security74.09%

Change the Picture commitment, extended by Convenors Group 23 April 2017.

31 Oct 2010The ‘Mosquito’, a device that makes an unpleasant high-pitched noise that only those under 25 can hear, should be banned.ManifestoEqualities and Human Rights; Health and Wellbeing66.76%

Change the Picture commitment, extended by the Conveners Group on 23 April 2016

Extended by Conveners Group 23 April 2017

31 Oct 2010All young people should be involved in the services which affect them and should have the opportunity to get involved in local decision making opportunities.ManifestoCulture and Media; Education and Lifelong Learning; Health and Wellbeing; Social Security; Sport and Leisure; Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs80.29%

Change the Picture commitment, extended by Convenors Group on 23 April 2016

Extended by Conveners Group 23 April 2017

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